BioE day is an event specifically designed to foster a sense of community and identity among the BioEngineering Graduate Program’s students and faculty. As an interdisciplinary program, BioE faces a unique challenge in unifying students from many different home schools with a wide array of research topics. In order to acknowledge and celebrate this diversity, BioE day incorporates research- and career-focused speeches, competitions, and community-building activities. BioE day is kicked off with a keynote address and is followed by a graduate student being awarded the Chris Ruffin Student Leadership Award for exemplary leadership and involvement in the community. Friendly competitions include a “rapid-fire” style research presentation session by the BioE graduate students. Faculty act as judges during a poster session that displays the work of a large majority of labs in the program. In addition, BioE Day highlights outstanding members of the community: the recipient of the 2016 BioE Outstanding Advisor Award will give a presentation on effective mentoring and the 2016 Outstanding Paper recipient will present on her research. The day will conclude with a cookout and games in the courtyard. By displaying the exciting work pioneered by the various disciplines found within the program, BioE day aims to increase awareness of what BioE offers as well as cultivate the camaraderie and interdisciplinary innovative spirit that is the foundation of the program.
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